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Top marks for cultural highlights

The St. Margarethen opera festival in a Roman stone quarry is an outstanding cultural event in the summer months and a fixed point amongst Austria’s array of festivals. The Roman stone quarry is one of the oldest in Europe and has been a part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2001.

www.arenaria.at

 

The Mörbisch lake festival is a Mecca for operetta. Every year 200,000 odd fans enjoy the sounds of melodies from some magical operettas.
http://www.seefestspiele-moerbisch.at

 

Eisenstadt – always worth a journey! This, the smallest of Austria’s provincial capitals is small but beautiful. Follow in the tracks of the princes of Esterhazy and composer Joseph Haydn.

 www.eisenstadt.gv.at, www.esterhazy.at, www.haydnfestival.at

 

Halbturn Castle, this the most significant baroque building in Burgenland was once a hunting lodge and summer residence for the imperial family. www.schlosshalbturn.com

 

Esterházy Palace
Mönchhof Village Museum

 

The land belonging to the Festschloss Hof castle covers an area of over 50 hectares in the eastern part of Lower Austria. This splendid ensemble of aristocratic buildings, artfully designed terraced gardens and idyllic old estate house were built in the late 1720s as a prestigious country house and hunting residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.

www.schlosshof.at

 

Mönchhof Village Museum – time travel back to village and farming life on the Heideboden between 1890 and 1960.

www.dorfmuseum.at

 

The Maria Basilica is a baroque Roman Catholic pilgrimage church in Frauenkirchen. The church had already made this a well-known place of pilgrimage back in the 14th century.

www.franziskaner.at

 

The proximity of the cities of Vienna and Bratislava makes them ideal for a day trip. But it’s also worth making a detour over the border to Hungary – for example, to the fabulous old town of Sopron or to Fertöd, the summer residence of the Esterhazy family.